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100,000 jobs in Japan open to Pinoys — Bello

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

A Japanese flag (Image courtesy to Reuters)

Out of the 350,000 job opportunities that Japan will open to foreign nationals next month, 100,000 may likely be allotted to Filipino workers, the Department of Labor said on Sunday (March 17).

“Our workers may get at least 30 percent of available jobs for foreign nationals,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said.

A memorandum of cooperation that will provide a framework for the deployment of “specified skill workers” is set to be signed in Tokyo on Tuesday between the labor department of the Philippines and Japan’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health, Labor and Welfare and the National Police Agency.

“This agreement, aside from providing better opportunities, is geared toward ensuring their protection by means of implementing a basic framework that will promote smooth and proper mechanisms in sending, accepting, and residence management of incoming specified skilled workers in Japan,” Bello said.

Industries in need of skilled workers include health care, building maintenance, food services, industrial machinery, electronics, food manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, construction, shipbuilding, fisheries and aquaculture, parts and tooling and aviation.

The agreement defines specified skilled workers as those who have a degree of skill or expertise in the field they applied for and have been granted a residence status of “specified skilled worker” by the Japanese government.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will process their accreditation while the Philippine Labor Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Japan will verify the documents of workers.

The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) will manage the reintegration of specified skilled workers returning to the Philippines. —Aileen Cerrudo

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Bello urges public to report foreign nationals doing Filipino jobs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Chinese workers in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged the public to report through the Labor Department’s hotline 1-3-4-9, illegal foreign workers or foreign nationals doing jobs that can be done by Filipino workers.

“We would really appreciate any report from any sector or anybody about foreign workers doing works that can be done by Filipinos. We will start checking on foreign workers with special working permits, workers in the online offshore gaming, and foreign workers in economic zones,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in an interview on Monday (April 8).

This, after Secretary Bello declared a ban on foreign nationals doing jobs that can be carried out by Filipinos.

He clarified, however, that he is against the total ban of foreign workers because there are some jobs that require special skills by professionals from other countries.

Bello said foreign workers who are doing jobs that Filipinos are capable of doing should be deported and blacklisted.

“Mayroon talagang general rule na hindi natin pahihintulutan na magtrabaho ang dayuhan dito kapag iyong trabaho ay kaya ng Pilipino. Proteksyon iyan sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.

The government’s drive against illegal foreign workers was prompted by the influx of Chinese nationals in the country’s gaming industry.

According to Secretary Bello, offshore gaming firms may hire Chinese nationals to deal with their clients in China.

However, granting special permits to Chinese nationals in the construction industry is a violation of the Philippine Law, Bello said.

The Labor Secretary said that the government’s inspection of establishments in the country is ongoing although the official admitted that their job is being limited by shortage of labor inspectors.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) already allowed DOLE to have additional 1,000 labor inspectors apart from the existing 800 to be able to speed up labor inspections in all commercial establishments across the country. – Marje Pelayo

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Construction of CALAEX Cavite segment begins

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

The Cavite segment construction of Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAEX)
broke ground on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

It will connect Cavite Expressway to South Luzon Expressway in Mamplasan, Laguna.

According to Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, its completion will benefit around 50,000 motorists travelling from Cavite to Laguna.

“Well ang mangyayari dito ang connection niya from CAVITEX to SLEX, so just 45 minutes ang mawawala sa biyahe, (What is going to be built here is the connection from CAVITEX to SLEX which will reduce travel time by 45 minutes),” he said.t

The 45 kilometer CALAEX will begin in Kawit, Cavite and end in Mamplasan, Laguna. It will have four lanes and will be installed with modern equipment including automatic license plate recognition system, and improved Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system.

It will also include I.P-based speed detection cameras, HD CCTv cameras, and weight in motion sensors that can detect overloaded vehicles.

During the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, secretary Villar said the construction is also a part of the 1,000-km high-speed expressway set to be finished under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kung ang biyahe po dati from north to south from Ilocos to Bicol siguro aabot po tayo ng 18 to 19 hours. Kapag natapos po ang Luzon Spine Expressway Network, 9 hours nalang po ang biyahe from north to south, (If travel time from north to south, from Ilocos to Bicol, will take 18 to 19 hours, once the Luzon Spine Expressway Network will be finished, it will only take 9 hours from north to south) Villar said.

Meanwhile, Cavite governor, Jesus Crispin Remulla said that aside from lighter traffic, the construction will also help with the economy of the province.

“Kapag maganda ang transport maganda ang infrustructure (Good transport means good infrastructure) it just attracts everything and everybody,” he said.

The said expressway cost about P12 billion and it is estimated to open to motorists by 2022.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Benedict Samson)

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Malacañang: Duterte likely to visit China, Japan anew this year

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte. | ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will possibly visit China and Japan anew this year.

Malacañang said on Monday the President may travel to China late next month to attend the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

While on May, Duterte will most likely visit Japan to primarily attend a regional conference.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after the Japanese media reported that Duterte will be attending the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia.

The event is reported to be held on May 30 and 31 in Tokyo.

Panelo told reporters at a press briefing that he has yet to confirm the said visit, but if it pushes through, this will be Duterte’s third time to visit Japan since becoming president in 2016.

Duterte, meanwhile, has yet to make a visit to the United States of America since his rise to power. Panelo said this is because the President cannot stand the cold temperature in the U.S.

“I think the relationship between the U.S. and China remain cordial and healthy. So, with America, the only reason perhaps the President has not considered visiting is because of the temperature. He couldn’t stand very cold temperature, he gets sick,” he said. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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